The Graphic Guide to Conservatism

It’s launched. I wanted the website to be just as simple and accessible as the book: three choices, three buttons.  At first, I considered using black and white icons, but they lacked some punch. Instead, I went for big Apple-style icons with shadows (I usually never use shadows or gradients in my design work).

This is a big moment for me. Thanks to all those who made this possible.



One response to “The Graphic Guide to Conservatism

  1. Absolutely fantastic work! Conservatives really need to get their act together when communicating their narrative to the public and your efforts have certainly helped.

    Considering that you also posted Nigel Holmes graphic on mind-sets, I hope you will take the following in the helpful spirit in which it is intended…

    On page 104, the section on power, I believe you have asserted a few historical inaccuracies. I think you will find that the old Soviet nuclear arsenal was considerably larger than that of the western allies. The communist bloc had more troops, tanks, planes, subs, and bombs (though we had more ships). While we had a technological lead, in light of the German experience against the Soviets, we wondered if that was going to be enough against such an advantage in numbers.

    Also, when you consider that Communist central planning dominated China, Eastern Europe, and significant portions of the Americas, Africa, and Asia (and had very large influence in India) it is inaccurate to say that the west won the game of influence.

    I believe that the primary causes of the collapse of the Communist bloc had little to do with us, and everything to do the inherent flaws in their system. The inefficiencies inherent in a centrally planned economy meant that they were always going to be weak economically (and technologically – for the same reasons). However, when you couple a much weaker economy with runaway military spending the collapse of the system was inevitable. Fielding an army of millions is not only expensive, but it also keeps those same millions from working on the factory floor.

    May I suggest that in the context your section on National Security, that a strict comparison of East vs. West may not be the most relevant thing to the point you are trying to make. We defended ourselves not because we were in a contest or playing a game, but because the communists had no moral qualms about starting wars of aggression, no moral qualms about the destruction of freedom, property rights, and the rule of law, and most importantly, no moral qualms about the slaughter of millions on innocent civilians. In other words, depending on the peace-loving nature of the Soviet Union was a quick path to obliteration. Just as there are good guys and bad guys in our local community, there are good guys and bad guys in the international community as well.

    Anyway, keep up the good work! I will definitely be recommending your book to others!

    -John Albiston

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